Recently, I had one of those "fun" experiences that no other seasoned parent warns you about. Isn't it funny how parents are over eager to share some parenting experiences with you, but totally neglect other ones that would have been nice to know about ahead of time so you could at least prepare yourself?
A couple of weeks ago, I took Myka for her 15 month check-up. I was mostly concerned he was going to make a big deal of her not walking on her own yet.(For the record, I wasn't and am still not worried about it. I know she'll walk eventually. But you know how doctors are sometimes. :P) As usual I was anticipating how she would react to the shots, but that was about it. I didn't give a second thought to how the rest of the visit would go. Big mistake on my part.
Obviously you've never met my daughter in person, but she's pretty laid back for the most part as I've probably mentioned a million times. She's always done really well at the doctor's except for her vaccines, of course. Even then, she usually calms down pretty quickly. So, much to my surprise and embarrassment, she threw a holy fit this check-up. It all started with the nurse trying to measure her head and didn't get any better from there. She finally calmed down by the time the doctor came in...Then proceeded to scream bloody murder the entire time he examined her. You would think he was torturing her, or killed her puppy, or something equally terrible.
This is the first time she's ever reacted this way at a check-up. Being the silly noob parent that I am, I figured doctor visits would only get better as she got older. Ha! What a joke! So consider this my warning to all of you first time parents: Just because your baby handles check-ups well at first doesn't mean it will stay that way or even get better as time goes on. If you're lucky and it does stay the same, good for you. Just don't expect it. Prepare yourself for the worst. Consider yourself warned. ;)